Excellent series. Fast paced. Definitely keeps you wanting more! I absolutely love Elvis Cole and Joe Pike!!
When fifteen-year-old Teri Hewitt pleads with Elvis Cole to find the father who abandoned her and her two younger siblings, his first reaction is to turn the case over to the California social services. But when he sees that Teri has the lives and care of her little family well in hand, he decides to take the job, asking Joe Pike to help him keep an eye on the kids.
The missing dad, Clark Hewitt is an unemployed printer whose peronalhistory is hard to pin down; as Elvis investigates, the image of Hewitt that emerges indicated a chronically unemployed drug addict who slums through the criminal world, not a bona fide printer but a master counterfeiter. The clues soon send Elvis to Hewitt's home town, Seattle, where Elvis runs afoul of both the newly emerging Russian Mafia and U.S. Marshals as he discovers more about the elusive deadbeat dad.
Just as Joe Pike has just about had it with babysitting, the bad guys converge in a breathtaking chase at Disneyland, and the novel comes to its unbearable suspenseful climax.
I really love Elvis Cole! He's the "world's greatest detective" and always gets his man. Indigo slam revolves around a counterfeiter and his 3 children running from ruthless Russian mobsters and some very upset Feds!! It's up to Elvis to save the man and his children from both, while not breaking the law himself.
Easy read, Elvis Cole at his best, kept me guessing and a great ending
Awesome Elvis Cole mystery. Quickly overtaking Robert Parker's Spencer for personality.
His 7th Elvis Cole is one of the best of the series.
I like the Elvis Cole novels.
Elvis Cole is a really fun hero. I really enjoy all of these books.
Life in the CA sun suits Elvis Cole -- until the day a fifteen-year-old girl and her two siblings walk into his office...to pick up the pieces of a drama... tale of high crimes and illicit drugs.
Love all of Robert Crais's books!
Originally published in 1997, Indigo Slam is one of the better Elvis Cole novels. The self-proclaimed worlds greatest detective (dont tell Bruce Wayne!) is hired by three children, the oldest being 15, to find their father, a job that Cole thinks will be very simple. However, as it turns out, the father is a skilled counterfeiter on the run from the Russian mafia. Cole is as wisecracking as ever; the scenes where Joe Pike, a taciturn former soldier, is sent to babysit the three kids are amusing.
There are multiple subplots: Pike is hoping to have his girlfriend Lucy move to LA with him, but her ex complicates things; some Vietnamese expatriates also are searching for the kids father; corrupt federal agents want to know where he is since another agent was killed trying to get the family into the Witness Protection Program. The US Treasury would also like it if he stopped counterfeiting money.
The climax is held at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland, which alone guarantees that Disney will never buy the film rights. I love Crais Cole and Pike novels. The characters are realistic, especially the kids: the 15 year old who is the familys de facto mother; the 9 year old who acts out after his father disappears; the federal agents who want the father without the LAPD interfering, and the LAPD who dont like Coles investigation.
A good mystery does not need to involve serial killers or graphic violence, and Crais proves this in every Elvis Cole novel he writes. He has a good detective-noir style thats reminiscent of Mickey Spillane or Dashiell Hammett.
all the books in this series are entertaining, some more than others
I love Robert Crais. Story telling and character building of the highest quality. "Indigo Slam" #7, in the Elvis Cole series, is another fine entry. Read the series, starting with the 1st, "Monkeys' Raincoat", and you won't be disappointed.
It was a wonderful afternoon, spending the day with Elvis Cole. Elvis is the wisecracking LA private eye/detective who is the main character in many of the Robert Crais books. This audio CD was exciting and filled with action. I enjoyed it completely, as I do with almost all of Robert Crais's books. It definitely worth listening to. Also the narrator, David Stuart is fantastic. Hope you enjoy it as much as I.